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75+ Free Mental Health Worksheets & Handouts

75+ free mental health worksheets, handouts, and forms for mental health professionals or self-help.

(Updated 2/13/24) This is a list of nearly 100 mental health worksheets, handouts, forms, and more for substance use, mental health, and wellness.

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For more free downloads, click here for a list of PDF workbooks, manuals, and self-help guides.

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Mental Health Worksheets & Handouts

Group ideas & topics.

A 3-page handout for group facilitators with strategies for managing resistance, disruptive behaviors, and a lack of engagement in group therapy.

A list of topics for substance use groups.

A 2-page handout for clinicians who facilitate group therapy with (adult) clients and their families. The questions were developed for an inpatient SUD setting.

A list of specific topics for substance use groups, such as refusal skills, the difference between a lapse and a relapse, and fun in recovery.

A list of group openers for substance use groups; can also be used in individual counseling sessions.

A list of questions for exploring the following topics: Conversation starters, mental health, addiction, personal development, values, family, relationships, and emotions. These questions can be used in a group setting, individually, or as journal prompts.

Group Activities

A worksheet with prompts for writing a short autobiography to be presented to the group.

Intended audience: Adults

A worksheet for clients to pass around to group members so each person can write a positive affirmation.

Intended audience : Adolescents, Teens, Adults

Good for newly formed groups. Each group member writes down their “first impression” of other group members. The facilitator then reads off the different categories and group members have the opportunity to share their answers.

Intended audience : Adults

An icebreaker activity, good for new groups. Give group members 15-20 minutes to collect signatures. The first person to collect all signatures wins.

Clinical Film Discussion Questions

  • Ben Is Back -Discussion Questions
  • Girl, Interrupted -Discussion Questions
  • Pay It Forward -Discussion Questions
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower -Discussion Questions
  • Rachel Getting Married -Discussion Questions
  • When a Man Loves a Woman -Discussion Questions

A printable deck of cards with 128 coping skills for managing stress, anxiety, and other difficult emotions. Each card includes one simple coping skill.

Print/cut the cards, fold, and place in a container. Group members take turns drawing the cards and answering the questions.

A printable deck of cards with 40 positive quotes that can be used as affirmations.

A printable card deck with 27 affirmations for healing and empowerment.

These cards can be used in a SUD inpatient or outpatient setting to facilitate group discussions about recovery. Group members take turns drawing a card and answering questions. The facilitator can vary things up by letting group members pick someone else to answer their question once they’ve finished sharing. Alternatively, group members can take turns drawing cards, but all group members are encouraged to share their answers. This activity works best with a working group.

This is a revised version of the Recovery Question Cards.

Rumi Quote Cards

25 cards with Rumi quotes on love, suffering, and healing.

A card deck with 104 cards with thought-provoking questions intended to promote discussion. Topics include goals, values, emotions, relationships, spirituality, and more.

These cards can be used in a group or individual setting. The last page of the PDF includes additional values exercises for journaling, clinical supervision, couples, and groups. Tip: Print the cards on patterned scrapbook paper (blank on one side).

Mental Health Handouts

4 ways to stay calm before a stressful event.

A 1-page handout with simple “in-the-moment” calming strategies for anxiety-provoking events.

A simple 1-page handout that shows the 6 basic emotions.

A comprehensive list of 12-step and other support groups , such as AA, NA, SMART Recovery, Dual Recovery Anonymous, NAMI, etc.

A 1-page DBT-based handout with 25 examples of dialectics (i.e., two things that seem opposite and are at the same time both true).

These journal prompts can also be used in a group setting. The prompts include questions about values, potential, expectations, and more.

Instructions for Living from the Dalai Lama

A 1-page handout with 25 quotes from the Dalai Lama on topics such as kindness and happiness. Can be used in a group setting.

A 1-page handout that debunks five common grief myths and provides the truth about each one.

A 2-page handout with nine creative and soothing outlets for grief , such as music, dance, light therapy, and aromatherapy.

A 2-page handout with journal prompts for recovery, based on material from The Sober Survival Guide (created with the author’s permission).

Kindness To-Do List

A to-do list of kind deeds with blank spaces to write in your own ideas for spreading kindness.

A colorful 3-page handout with ideas for hobbies that fall under the following categories: Animals/nature, arts/crafts, collections, cooking/baking, entertainment, home improvement/DIY, outdoor/adventure, self-improvement, sports, travel, and misc.

A list with links to online grief support groups, forums, and communities.

A 1-page handout on PTG and how it may impact a person’s life, and the factors that contribute to PTG.

A 1-page handout with resources for suicide , including recommended books, apps, crisis lines, and suicide warning signs.

A 2-page handout that describes seven uncommon grief experiences, such as delayed or disenfranchised grief.

A list of 38 unique coping skills for managing difficult emotions.

A 2-page handout that lists values. Can be used as a standalone handout or with the values card deck .

A 2-page handout with two exercise routines, one designed for beginners and the other for more advanced exercisers.

Mental Health Worksheets

A 1-page worksheet for identifying things to be grateful for in different life areas.

A 1-page checklist with 30 ideas for spreading kindness.

A 1-page worksheet for exploring what makes someone a good friend.

Art Activity: H-T-P Test

In the House-Tree-Person Test, the picture of the house is supposed to represent how the individual feels about their family. The tree elicits feelings of strength or weakness. The person represents how the individual feels about themselves. (Source: How Projective Tests Are Used to Measure Personality – Simply Psychology )

Art Activity: Outer & Inner Masks

This art activity can be done in a group setting or individually. Clients design both outer – what the world sees – and inner – the hidden self – masks. The third page has questions for discussion. This activity can be used to target all sorts of issues from body image to values to character defects (in addiction) and more.

Art Activity: Self-Portraits

This worksheet can be used in groups or as a homework assignment. Encourage clients to be creative; instead of just drawing or coloring, they can use magazine cutouts, stickers, photos, etc. Suggested questions for discussion: How did you decide which identities to portray? Which portrait best represents your true self? Which portrait do others see the most? What, if anything, would you like to change about your portraits?

A 2-page worksheet for exploring the consequences of addiction.

Coping with Cravings

A 3-page worksheet with DBT-based skills for coping with cravings.

Coping with Jealousy

A worksheet for understanding jealousy, its impact, whether it’s pathological, and how to manage jealous feelings.

Couples Exercise: Affirmations

A 3-page worksheet for sharing self-affirmations and partner affirmations, including suggested questions for discussion.

Couples Exercise: Our Bucket List

A 3-page worksheet for couples to create a shared list of meaningful “bucket list” items to do together.

Couples Exercise: Our Bucket List (with dates)

A shared bucket list that includes spaces to write in when an item was added to the list and when it was completed.

A 1-page worksheet for affirmations, positive self-talk, and problem-solving strategies for daily challenges.

A basic mood tracker with emoji faces.

A blank schedule with hourly slots starting at 6:00 a.m. and ending at 10:00 p.m. Can be used as part of a relapse prevention, for depression management, or as a planner.

A 3-page worksheet for substance use recovery for planning leisure activities and enhancing wellness/spirituality.

A letter template for individuals entering long-term residential treatment for substance use, to be opened and read at treatment completion.

An 8-page goal-setting worksheet for health/wellness, relationships/social health, emotional wellness, intellectual wellness, education/career, financial health, spirituality, and leisure.

A 3-page worksheet for identifying and managing substance use relapse triggers.

A 1-page worksheet for identifying things that promote addiction and ways to get rid of or avoid these things.

A 3-page goal-setting worksheet for short-term and long-term goals.

A 12-step-based worksheet for identifying and exploring resentments.

A worksheet for creating poetry; print, laminate, and cut out the words.

A 1-page worksheet for examining past substance use relapses and strategies for avoiding future relapses.

A 5-page template for creating a substance use relapse prevention plan.

A 1-page worksheet for exploring ways to resist urges to use in early recovery.

A 1-page checklist with quick tips, self-soothing, and indulgent ideas for self-care.

A 3-page worksheet for developing a colorful self-care “map” to explore patterns and identify new practices.

A 3-page template for creating a self-care “menu.”

A 2-page writing assignment for self-discovery and awareness.

A 2-page worksheet for developing self-esteem.

A 1-page worksheet for exploring motivation for substance use recovery.

A fun worksheet for creating a bucket list of things that are only possible in sobriety.

Stress Management Worksheet

This 6-page worksheet helps with identifying and exploring stressors. From there, the worksheet can be used to build a stress management plan.

7 pages of feelings words.

A 6-page worksheet for describing problem areas, identifying goals, and exploring what has (and has not) been helpful in the past. This worksheet can be used to develop a collaborative treatment plan.

A 2-page worksheet for identifying and exploring wants and needs.

A simple form for tracking daily meals and snacks for one week.

A 2-page worksheet for identifying things that are controllable versus things that can’t be controlled.

A 3-page narrative therapy worksheet for exploring a past substance use relapse.

Laminate and use with fine-tip dry erase markers.

Workbooks & Bonus Materials

100-page printable workbook for working through grief and loss.

A companion workbook meant to be used with the book Staying Sober Without God (created with the author’s permission).

Daily Self-Inventory for Mental Health Professionals

A 10th step-based inventory for self-reflection for counselors and other mental health workers.

Free Coloring Pages for Adults

Links to 15 websites with free printable coloring sheets for adults.

Miscellaneous Printables

A list of 20 openers for individual therapy sessions.

A 2-page form for case conceptualization with sections for demographics, key findings, background info, case formulation, interventions/plans, and requested feedback or suggestions.

A list of interventions (action words) for clinical documentation.

A template for tracking attendance, cases discussed, and any other group topics.

A foldable coloring book with eight different designs.

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Thank you for giving away this valuable information. I am a Adult Mental Health Case Manager and I use things from here in my weekly group meetings!

I do also, but for juveniles. These tools are extremely helpful.

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Thank you so much for providing these free handouts. During these tough times, I find these handouts to be extremely useful. A million thank you’s!

These valuable materials are so much of a blessing, thank you so much for the gracious kindness!!!

I’m a drug and alcohol counselor and I find this site very helpful!

It is great to see that someone else wants to promote better care for clients and therapists alike using comprehensive resources (that are free!). Thank you!!!

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Thank you very much!! I have a son struggling with depression and suicide. This will help very much.

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This is a wonderful site. I deeply appreciate the effort and time it took to put this together. Thank you very much.

I can’t tell you how fortunate I am to have stumbled onto this. I am a Behavioral Health PSS in a drug and alcohol treatment facility and am looking forward to sharing some of these materials with our clients. I love the group activities and discussion prompts and will be using some in my next group. Fantastic resource! There is something for everyone here! Thank you so much for this. Be well 🙂

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Free essential resources for mental health professionals.

Therapy worksheets can be a useful tool for therapists looking to help their clients process and work through various emotions. These resources offer a structured way for clients to identify and articulate their feelings, which can be particularly helpful for those who struggle with communication or self-awareness. Whether it’s a worksheet that prompts clients to explore their inner critic or one that encourages them to practice gratitude, these tools can be a valuable addition to any therapist’s toolkit.

Treating adult childern of narcissists worksheets

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Family of origin levels of awareness assessment.

When working with narcissistic families, there are many ways to encourage exploration and curiosity at whatever stage of awareness the client is in. You can explore the family structure and norms without labeling anyone as narcissistic or calling out problem behaviors. In these worksheets, you will find some sample questions you might use to get to know a client’s family background, along with examples of how adult children of narcissists at different levels of awareness might answer each one.

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Experiential letter writing.

Experiential letter writing is a very contained form of role play that incorporates all of the role-based theory of psychodrama but doesn’t require the kind of training psychodrama needs. Use these worksheets with your clients to allow them to fully say what they need to say, as the letters are never meant to be sent.

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Mindfulness exercises.

These mindfulness exercises will strengthen your ability to practice mindfulness and happen to be quite enjoyable too.

Self-care worksheets for breathing and relaxation exercises

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Goodbye Letter Worksheet

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The Happier Therapy editorial team is made up of Masters and PhD counselling psychologists. Each worksheet is created by a team member with exposure to and experience in the subject matter.  The worksheet then gets reviewed by a more senior editorial member. This is someone with extensive knowledge of the subject matter and highly cited published material.

Grief is a reaction to any form of loss and is not limited to feelings of sadness. It can also involve guilt, anger, and regret.

A goodbye letter is normally used to aid in the grieving process mostly by helping children and adolescents process their loss.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

CBT for grief works by helping individuals become more aware of their negative thought patterns that could lead to behaviors that make it difficult to process grief.

  • Grief Counseling/ Bereavement Therapy

This is a form of therapy intended to help individuals cope with loss following major life events.

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

Writing a goodbye letter will help you build positive meaning associated with your loss and begin to move toward closure.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

This worksheet should be used by individuals (especially children and adolescents) who have difficulty discussing their loss.

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Good Therapy. (© 2007 – 2023).  Grief, Loss, and Bereavement. Available at: https://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/issues/grief . [Accessed April 19, 2023]

New Beginning Therapies. (© 2023). Write A Goodbye Letter. Available at: https://www.anewbeginningtherapies.com/write-goodbye-letter/ . [Accessed April 19, 2023]

Positive Psychology. (© 2023). 3 Grief Counselling Therapy Techniques & Interventions. Available at: https://positivepsychology.com/grief-counseling/ . [Accessed April 19, 2023]

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  • by Colleen Beck
  • July 27, 2020

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Working to help a child write with correct letter sizing and placement on the lines? Are you trying to come up with letter sizing activities to help kids write smaller letters that fit between the lines on the paper? Are you struggling with a child that forms letters without regard to size or line awareness? Letter size awareness is a real struggle for some kids!

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Letter sizing activities to teach kids to write the correct size.

Here, you will find suggestions to work on letter size awareness, along with a letter sizing activity that can be including into any handwriting curriculum. It’s one that focuses on how to form smaller letters, numbers so kids use a more precise pencil control that they can use when writing on any paper.

Letter Sizing Strategies

Do your students have trouble making their letters or numbers the right size? You might have seen kids that write without regard to the lines. Or, they may copy or independently write letters that take up the whole space, no matter what lined paper is used.

Other kids form letters that are correctly sized on the lines…but only when they have boxes drawn for each individual letter. But, that accommodation simply isn’t a possible option all of the time, for consistency and carryover.

During their earliest exposure to handwriting activities, young children at the preschooler and kindergarten ages may form large letters. Letters might fill the whole page or the whole available space. These forms are not always completed with a motor plan in place. the lines of the letters might be more of strait lines that intersect.

As kids gain more experience with writing with a pencil and with writing letters, they gain a motor plan that they can use on any surface and without a visual model for the letter.

Students then start to notice and use a letter size differentiation, or letters that are tall letters and reach the top line (e.g. b, d, f, h, k, l, t), letters that have tails that hang below the bottom line (g, j, p, q, y), and letters that rest in the bottom half of the writing space (a, c, e, i, m, n, o, r, s, u, v, w, x, y, z).

Kids will notice the differences between these differently sized letters and the upper case letters which are all the same size.

All of this letter size awareness occurs through experience and practice.

However, when there isn’t experience or practice time…or there is a visual perceptual concern, or a visual motor issue, there may be trouble or inconsistencies with letter placement.

That’s when interventions may be needed to help work on letter sizing.

Try some of these letter sizing activities

>> Using regular notebook paper, or bold lined, baseline paper, highlight the bottom half of the writing space. This is where the small letters are placed. Explain to the child that the tall/Capital letters start in the white, and the little letters start the grey(photocopied paper or yellow highlighted area). This writing paper is an easy fix for many writing situations.

>> Use modified paper. Here are free adapted paper types for all handwriting ages.

>> Try the box and dot strategy . This is a nice way to teach size awareness for kids who are just beginning to notice letter size.

>> Re-teach letter size of the upper case letters. Allow the child to notice where each letter starts. Then work on tall letters which start at the same point on the writing area. Next, teach the letters that are located in the bottom half of the writing space (the small letters). Finally, re-teach the tail letters which hang below the baseline. In each set of letters, allow students to notice where each letter rests.

>> Try any of these letter size activities .

>>Reduce distractions on the page by using black paper with white forms in increasingly smaller form size, like in the BlackBack writing program . This writing program allows students to form the motor plan for upper case letters and lower case letters, as well as numbers.

The BlackBack Writing Program depicts strokes, upper and lower case letters and numbers in white on a black background which helps the child see their strokes as they use the white space. Additionally, there is only one image on the page eliminating distraction from competing images and increasing attention to the single task on the page. Each letter, number and stroke has 6 sizes. The first size is very large and the last is the height of a wide-ruled notebook paper.  

The BlackBack Writing Program can be customized to begin where the child is in his/her writing journey. The letters, numbers, and strokes can be used on its own or as a supplement to any writing program.  The BlackBack Strokes, Letters and Numbers programs can be combined or used separately. 

Black Back Writing Program

I’m so excited to partner with Two Sparrows Learning Systems to offer this  Black Back Writing Program .

It’s an awesome handwriting tool that addresses pencil control, motor planning, size awareness, visual motor skills, visual distraction, and more.

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I use Voss water bottles because the cap allows you to set the bottle down either end up. Fill with baby oil or light corn syrup (thin with water to get desired consistency/rate of sink). Then I add a small amount of glitter (the usual thing I use), sequins or pony beads. Shake and watch the objects settle.

Thank you for sharing this, exactly what I need to find.

I have my kids do heavy work either pushing or pulling for calming input.

We have a door swing in my classroom. I like to use the net swing. The linear movement is very calming and organizing for my students.

I like to provide calming sensory input by having the children participate in heavy work items or by calming sensory jars. The calming sensory jars are filled with oil, glitter, beads and the children will turn the bottle around. I also like to have a few olfactory, textile, and visual sensory input items the children can keep at the desk or the teacher can use with the whole classroom.

I use deep breathing or heavy work. We have a box loaded up with weight that we decorated to look like a school bus. Kids love driving the bus down the hallway.

Ways that I incorporate calming input with handwriting include: positioning the client in prone for weight bearing, using a whiteboard and having them erase the board, dimming the lights, and playing classical music during the acitivy

I like to provide choices for calming strategies using PECS icons. Heavy work using functional tasks helps the kiddo calm while feeling involved in daily activities.

I like to turn the lights off, use deep pressure or tactile play, and talk really softly.

This addresses so many areas of handwriting. It would be an efficient tool.

Heavy work or deep pressure! With doing most sessions in teletherapy, I have the caregiver help a lot. One activity is the caregiver hugs the child in their lap and gently rocks while singing “Row Your Boat” with the child.

These ideas look great!

To calm I always use music and sometimes a 60bpm metronome or slow rhythmic beat. It really helps regulate! We often will go through a quick calming schedule: Squeezing hands together and counting to 10, hands on head and push down, give myself a hug, and a deep breathing tool. 🙂

When possible, I love using my net swing with linear movement!

I am a new grad and have not looked into too many writing programs, this looks great! thank you.

I like to use either heavy work/ proprioceptive (deep pressure) input or slow, linear swinging. However, it really depends on the individual child and what they need 🙂

I like to use a dry erase die and write heavy work activities on each side. Then they roll and do whatever activity they roll.

I use Voss bottles to make sensory bottles. They love watching them and it relaxes them

I love to let the students “blow a mountain of bubbles” using a straw to blow into a bowl with water and dish soap.

Deep pressure via therapy ball, I love rolling my students into pizzas, cookies, tacos etc!

I like to layer calming input when able – for example: calming music, lowered ambient light, slow swinging or rocking on a theraball.

Deep pressure and heavy work activities.

cushion sandwiches or sensory bottles

Gosh there are so many ways to help a child calm down or get to that “optimal” place. I can’t choose just one since every child is different. I turn the lights and sounds down, deep breathing, blowing, chewing, calming music, deep pressure and/ or heavy work and the list goes on and on. I don’t have access to a swing or that would be at the top of my list.

Especially during telehealth; I like to do “the burrito game” where the child’s caregiver wraps them up in a blanket like a burrito! Big kids often like to do it to themselves. They love it!

I love to use calming music and a weighted blanket.

I like to use deep breathing strategies and activities as well as deep pressure such as steam roller with large yoga ball or sandwiches between large cushions

Calming input really depends on the child. Often linear input can be calming, but I also like to use oral strategies (bubble jug), deep pressure and heavy work. I sometimes combine with visual and auditory strategies as well (dim lights, soft music).

Squishing or body sock for deep pressure

I have used the red or colored triangular pencil grips as spacers to teach how to leave space between words. They are a good size for kindergarten and 1st grade students, and they do not roll plus are easy to grasp and move.

I love using weighted blankets, swings and other forms of deep pressure for calming sensory input

I love to play music in the background, something like Sacred Earth Drums or another calm, rhythmical album, with a whole body activity with proprioceptive or respiration.

For calming, I use proprioceptive input/deep pressure rhythmically to calming music. I love having classical music on during sessions.

Calming music.dim lights and lavender scented putty

I like to use classical music while working with theraputty. I also use a lot of heavy work.

I made heavy work stations in an empty end of the hallway this past year and the kids loved them.

Deep pressure such as hand squeezes, joint compression, weighted lap pad, and linear rocking/swinging.

Talking softly , sensory play. Square breathing

Deep pressure, through hand squeezes, joint compressions, ball pushes, wall push-ups, etc.

I love to use a suspended swing or rocking chair. The linear movement really helps to calm the kids down.

Heavy work is a great strategyto allow children and adults.

Animal walks, jumping, and swinging

For calming sensory input we use our classroom light filters and always keep half our flourescent lights off to keep the classroom dim. We have sensory breaks with weighted items, bean bags, mats, outdoor swings, indoor therapy swings, yoga ball play, and calming music/kaleidescope visuals throughout the day. Whatever the kids are “craving” for calming strategies is what we turn to in order to keep kids regulated, happy and relaxed. Thanks for this cool handwriting strategy. Would love to try out this program!

A swing or deep pressure. Really depends on the child because they each respond differently.

My favorite way to provide calming input is vestibular input. Swinging for 10 minutes can have a lasting effect.

I have really found kids enjoy and are calmed by rhythmic rocking in prone over a therapy ball or any head inversion activities – it’s a bean bag or object through their legs and then reach up with a slight back bend to grasp a new object. These activities coupled with calming music and dimmed lights work well. Deep pressure and heavy work activities are great. And sometimes kids just need help to be aware of their sensory needs or how their bodies feel.

My all time favorite way to provide calming sensory input is weighted blanket! I encourage parents to buy for their kids to help them get a good night sleep.

Platform swing with a slow back and forth movement seems to be calming for many of my students.

I love having my kiddos sit in my bucket swing, some enjoy a weighted blanket and I will swing them in linear motions. Sometimes soft music is played or the lights are dimmed 🙂

I often use prone on a platform swing with a weighted blanket and incorporate rhythmic songs or poems.

Heavy work and cuddle swing are my go to’s!

I love doing obstacle courses with lots of heavy work

sensory swings and sock tunnels!

I love heavy work and prop input from a yoga ball

Heavy Work and deep pressure

For my higher functioning students, I teach them hand squeezes and how to apply squeeze pressure to themselves going down each arm one at a time. For my more involved students, I use weighted lap pads, deep pressure on their shoulders, and hand squeezes. I also like to play music and dim the lights.

Thanks for the giveaways! I would love to win this program. My students have significant trouble with letter sizing and carryover. I use heavy work activities, calming music in the background, and sometimes deep pressure when needed.

I love taking a walk in the hall using a weighted back pack. The sensory/motor walkway that I construct each year in one of the main hallways is another tool that I enjoy using to ready students for fine motor and writing activities. Lap pads while seated are very helpful also.

We use sensory jars the students made.

Finding “just right” activities because the overactivity stems from boredom and self-stimulation.. My son has autism and is very hyperactive EXCEPT when his mind is focused on a learning activity that is not too difficult or frustrating, but just hard enough. I have tried many sensory strategies (as they have in school as well) including heavy work, sensory calming toys, weighted blankets/vests, walking outdoors, water, you name it we’ve tried it 😉 During the Covid school closures, I had the chance to really observe my son only to realize that the most unexpected activities calmed him. For example, youtube videos with numbers to 100 are my go to to begin our learning day focused and on task.

Heavy work activities or linear swinging movement!

Not using classroom fluorescent lights – sunlight or lamps instead; quiet tone of voice; slow paced heavy work/deep pressure like animal walks

I like to use calming music paired with swinging on a platform swing followed by heavy work using weighted balls and yoga.

For calming sensory input with the little ones, I like to have them help me try and push down the walls in the classroom. For my older students, my go to is Yoga!

I usually use the swings as my go to for not only calming and organizing, but alerting as well. Lately however, the rocking horse has been working wonders for my preschool aged kids.

I love using a steel tongue drum and kalimba for calming, dependent on a child’s abilities. I also like yoga videos with a story, as well as guided meditations.

I use many strategies for sensory calming depending on the student and their needs at the time. Heavy work for those Tigger-like kids, a net swing to provide pressure and linear movement with the child inside for those that are overwhelmed, or dimming the lights and working in a sand box may be the answer.

I made a calming tent with soft lights and tulle hanging from the top. Also love to do mindfulness and body scanning to help create awareness for how the body feels during different emotions.

deep pressure, weight bearing and/or blowing activities, slow rhythmic movement, heavy work

I use deep pressure play for calming techniques.

My favorite way to provide calming sensory input is with use of a swing. I’ve had kiddos almost fall asleep in therapy when I swing them.

Sensory brushing with joint compressions

I have several things I use in my classroom for calming sensory input. I often dim our lights, play white noise sounds and use a quiet voice. Many of my students respond positively to the weighted stuffed animals and the tactile bins. After coming in from recess breaks, we take a couple of minutes to focus on our glitter jar.

Its important to assess the specific sensory needs from each child. Take a look at their anxiety level and make sure to allow the child has space to calm down or use sensory strategies presented in the close range of their environment.

I have a pound of medium grade therapy with beads in it. My kids love manipulating it and it soothes them.

Music and deep breathing

My go to calming activities are slow linear swinging, deep breathing, meditation, and deep pressure through massage, steam roller machine, or body squishes with therapy balls or big pillows.

Sensory bottles, deep pressure, dim lights. Depends on what each child needs/what works best for them.

Yoga and balloon breathes for the kiddo’s and families I work with

Calming music and visual pictures/toys to help them sit and breathe.

My favorite way to provide calming sensory input is to lightly squeeze the student’s earlobe. It really gets their mind off whatever was triggering them. I also like to tap on the top of their heads. I see this work time and time again to get the student to slow down, pay attention to their breathing, and listen to the sound it makes when I tap the top of their head. Most students will ask for more and more of this repetitive tapping. Thanks for all of the great ideas you share with this community.

I like to use deep pressure and heavy work for calming, especially before fine motor and handwriting activities.

Love to use th Voss bottles alos to make the calming bottles. I’ve also made the bottles with orbies and the kids love them. Last year I made calmi ing boxes for wach of the classrooms to have for any student that needed them. I love the idea of the backpack, though. This year I’m looking to create something online that our remote learners can use. I also have several apps on my iPad that I use individual with students.

What is your favorite way to provide calming sensory input? In the clinic: Linear swinging using a platform or ‘cuddle’ swing, deep pressure compressions/squishes, sensory bins, and breathing exercises At school: Walks with weighted backpack, weighted lap pad, breathing exercises, and squeezing a stressball

I love using an exercise ball to provide deep pressure. When you have a kid that will respond to it, you can see the instant relief and comfort on their faces.

I use guided visualization for a calming activity.

I like to use yoga and heavy work such a scooter activities

We make sensory calming jars or do heavy work activities. Lately we have been incorporating deep breathing and some stretching into sessions.

We use breathing and yoga, the kids love to pick out their favorites and be able to “teach”.

I have put together a “Calming Box” with things appealing to various senses (sensory bottles for the eyes, slime/PlayDoh for touch, Therabands, etc), laminated breathing exercises and yoga poses, etc.

Deep pressure or hand massages depending where we are at and the amount of time we have.

My favorite calming input is crawling over cushions, crashing into pillows, rolling up like a burrito in a weighted blanket, squishing with an exercise ball, or watching a visual oil/glitter timer

My favorite way is having the child lay prone on a platform swing with a wtd blanket on while providing slow linear movments.

For my students I love deep pressure, because I often get a nice hug out of it. For myself, putty and a weighted blanket.

Deep breathing, heavy work, and/or swing.

Organized Active movement, Yoga Moves are always very calming and developmental Symphony from S’cool Moves is always a go to, kids will seek the poster and I always leave it up and available in my room.

I use a variety of activities for calming. I have the kids make their own calming bottles to make them more engaging. Yoga with appropriate music is a favorite and work with students and teachers for carrying over to the classroom and home. Heavy work/weighted lap pillows is also a favorite

In addition to all the sensory tools we have access to in our schools, students respond so well to shifting some things in the environment, dimming lights, rhythmic music, reduce visual and auditory distractions. Gentle pressure to head and body, deep breathing is always key!

It really depends on the child but I have used bear hugs, joint compressions, hand squeezes/massage, deep pressure using the crash pad and a bean bag with the child in between, ambient lighting, and soft soothing music.

Heavy work, deep pressure or calm linear swinging.

Deep breathing using a visual like a Hoberman Sphere to help visualize the inhale and exhale and verbal cues such as “smell the roses, blow out the birthday candles” My favorite low profile calming tool because we always have our lungs 🙂 and do not need any special equipment and it can be performed in all settings.

Depending on the student, I have a few “go-tos”. If we have access, slow linear swinging in a lycra swing with the lights off and either quiet or relaxing music playing softly in the background. If that isn’t available, using beanbag chairs, weighted items, and sensory tools/fidgets while in a small, quiet area of the room is also popular with the kids. Lighting and noise reduction is often key!

I use a lot of calming, soothing music in my classroom. I’m not certain if it soothes the students (they are in part non-verbal) but I do know that it calms me and my paraprofessionals.

Heavy work activities incorporated into play.

Cozy corners are a favorite of mine. Blocking out visual input with a tent like area along with deep pressure from bean bag chairs and weighted items works great for calming down.

Yoga and Tactile sensory bins

I like to use heavy work activities in a calm and soothing environment.

I work with a variety of children who all have different calming strategies. I do find pulling resistive theraputty apart helps to calm and regulate the child to engaged in other educational activities. I also believe cocoon and net swings in linear patterns help calm the child down. I think using head phones and playing calming music while engaged in a simple activity helps to regulate the child.

Heavy work and deep tissue pressure are the go-to strategies at my house. We roll up like a burrito, do joint compressions, or roll an exercise ball up and down the body.

I love guiding my students through relaxation with calming music. Learning to work through guided meditations is something all students can do, and will benefit them for the rest of their lives!

Deep breathing with visuals and yoga moves, while they are completing some tasks.

I like to provide deep pressure and do breathing exercises.

I use sensory bottles or bins along with supports that provide deep pressure.

Setting up a calming environment goes a long way. Low lighting, calm music, opportunities to rock or swing, bubbles or deep breathing activities.

My favorite sensory calming strategies for my students at school include movement breaks, heavy work task. I use inflatable seat cushions, other alternative seating options, fidgets, and theraband frequently. I provide recommendations for alternatives to loss of recess to the teachers I work with also to encourage physical activity.

Proprioceptive input, deep pressure! Animal walks, wall pushups, hand pushes, deep pressure hugs from Mom and Dad!

Based on each child’s needs, I will provide heavy work, alternative seating, and even environmental adaptations such as dimmed lights and soft music on in the background. Also- bubbles are usually a big hit!

I love the green peapod. My students seem to get into it and just go “ahhhhh”. Plus, it’s a strategy students can use independently. It’s a win-win!

Movement breaks

I love using cozy quiet/space retreat corners. I had a 1st grader love sitting inside large cardboard box with light soff and a flashlight in with him–the most focused and calm he had been all year.

Breathing exercises

I use swings, moving them slowly in linear patterns. The kids love the squeeze machine and various sensory bins. I also hide small items in theraputty which majority of the kids request!

I like to give my students choices as to what is calming for them. Most often they choose to sit in the cozy corner that contains an oversized bean bag, tactile and visual items (sensory bottle, pillows with various textures, a sensory wall….). However during this pandemic I am not sure exactly what I will have to offer. I am attempting to male weighted lap pads that will me easily cleaned. I am looking for alternative ways to provide sensory experiences that are easily cleaned.

I like heavy work or movement breaks, as well as sensory bottles!

Calming classical music and working with clay help my crew calm.

I like to follow the lead of the students and what we/they have found works best for them!

Hugs, change of scene or theme, reading a book together.

deep pressure and propiocetive heavy work activities, including wheelbarrow walking, crawling, animal walks, massages,

I never win anything 🙁 LOL. Thanks for these great new ideas and the variety

I like to use a heavy, weighted blanket and play classical music or heavy work breaks.

I like to use deep pressure for my kiddos.

I use different ideas and strategies based upon the child, but often use yoga, animal walks, or a heavy work or input activity. Thank you for the great blog post and the giveaway!

Ball squishes

I love making a bubble monster with my friends, simply blowing bubbles through a straw to make bubbles in soapy water in a large bowl. This helps my friends become a little more organized and grounded with all the prop input to their bellies!

Breathing exercises and calming sounds

My favorite calming strategies is reducing visual stimuli and increasing proprioceptive input and calming auditory music (if preferred!)

Something that I like that to do with kids, especially at the beginning of sessions, is to do heavy work! Something fun like an obstacle course can give the kids the input they need, and help start the session by creating a fun atmosphere!

I start my sessions with a movement activity. A popular one is a Zoom ball. Than I transition to a desk where we rub our hands together as we settle at the desk.

Dim the lights

This would be such a helpful & amazing resource to have to add to my OT tool bag of goodies! I have so many precious little ones who will result benefit from this!?

I also start sessions with heavy work activities.

Been doing this a very long time – – -would love to use a new HW program!!

I like to provide heavy work activities, theraputty and squeezey balls.

Most of my kids like to swing so I like to take breaks as needed to allow them to self-regulate from a challenging activity while using the swing.

I like to create sensory bottles and calm down areas which are quiet and calming. If upset I also use breathing techniques.

I use sensory bottles or deep breathing exercises.

Liquid timers, putty, heavy work.

I try to have the child tell me what they feel they need to help them calm but I love using the swing, deep pressure with the therapy ball, heavy work activities, or sitting on the mat and reading together.

Deep pressure hugs and squeezes

I like to use sensory jars and pressure techniques

Deep pressure/hugs if they allow

I have several things I typically use, depending on what the child likes/dislikes! I have several different swings- platform, bolster, cocoon, net, that are very popular, or I’ll dim the lights and wrap them up in a blanket burrito. I also have lavender scented putty for one of my kiddos who loves smells.

Students roll on a yoga ball. This is one of the favorite calming activities.

Dimming the lights, playing low frequency music and using sensory bins or play dough.

My favorite calming input is heavy work/proprioceptive activities. Push pin fine motor activities have also had a calming impact on some of my older boys.

Sensory bottles and weighted blankets

Heavy work, dim lighting, gentle music, and some gum ??

I like to have the kids swing head to toe on a platform swing slowly for calming. I also use deep pressure for calming.

Low lighting and cam music.

My favorite is for my kids to push me while I sit on a scooter board.

I start the session in the motor lab so each child can get the proprioceptive and vestibular input they need to prepare for work. During seated work we will take small breaks for brain gym or a simple yoga move to help them regroup.

Deep breathing is a favorite strategy and there are so many ways you can teach it. We use “smell the cake and blow out the candles,” as one example. Pairing stories and breathing and movement (such as yoga or Pilates exercises) has been a great way to support calming.

I like to use kid-friendly bubble bath shampoo in a bin filled with water and fun little toys. Sometimes I will ask the kids to use their hands to play with the bubble bath solution or I will use tools like a turkey baster to push the water around. A lot kids really enjoy playing with water as a calming strategy.

Handwriting is a BIG issue for lots of my K students. Letter start and pathway are two of the most frequent issues, along with letter size!

Thank you for this! We opt for heavy work and deep breathing.

I use a variety of calming strategies as every child is different. I love to use heavy work with obstacle courses, blowing through a straw in a cotton ball race, use of a metronome for calm/focus with writing and controlled linear swinging And so much more!

Heavy work is great for all children. Thanks for the chance to win the amazing giveaway

linear swinging, heavy work

I love to use play dough, I make mine in the microwave and it is super soft, so nice for rolling and forming into shapes.

I like to provide calming sensory input with wobble cushions and therapy bands placed around the legs of the chair, since these can help sensory seeking kids stay focused during handwriting activities!

For calming my go to’s are heavy work, quiet space and the swing.

Weighted blankets or lap pads

Depending on what works for the student I use weighted items, heavy work, deep pressure, and compressions mostly. For some all it takes is a break from the classroom and a quiet space with lights dimmed or off, choice of sitting, lying on a mat with or without weighted object and calming music. I had one that relaxed to metronome. It all depends on the student preference.

Music, Lycra swing, and bolster rolled over back

Heavy work, deep breathing (balloon breath, breathing with a stuffed animal on the child’s stomach), calming imagery and relaxing nature sounds/music are my go to’s There are podcasts with hours of relaxing music that you can use for this purpose.

My students enjoy being in my mat sandwich. I have the child lay between two gym mats and I apply pressure to the top mat with my body weight or A weighted ball.

Calm down bottles and quiet corners as well as having parents model deep breathing have been very successful for me in the EI field.

My favorite calming activity is “Volcano Breathing”. A short explanation is the student is a volcano. They breathe in, filling their belly with a lot of lava at the same time raising their arm above their head ( straight out to the side and up). . They hold their breath for a few seconds, and then Spew out ALL of the lava….bringing their hands straight out and down…. The kids seem to really like it and it helps to get them centered and calm.

For calming, I turn down the lights! Deep pressure to the hands and forearms followed by heavy work.

soft music, dimmed lighting and gentle rocking in lycra swing or over a ball. Also deep pressure massage as well as bean bag sandwiches.

Linear slow rhythmic swinging, joint compression

Deep pressure and breathing techniques

Glitter bottles, rainbow breathing, blow out the candles are just a few.

I have used storybooks, drawing paper and will add a stuffed animal to hug or sensory bottle.

Depending on the student’s needs, I like the results that deep pressure and heavy work give to a student in need of calming. I also have used calming music or a familiar song they know, deep breathes tracing figure of 8 pattern, counting, or organizing cards in a deck.

Parents have shared that a weighted blanket works wonders!

Deep pressure and heavy work!

I use a sensory cushion to help with all the Wiggles and Jitters 🙂 the Black back writing programme sounds very promising!

By having the child actively engage in full body joint traction or compression sensory play such as hanging from a pull up bar or jumping from a mini trampoline to come wash on a crash pad a small many time slots Ashley need to till they are calm and ready to sit; often on the way back to the table wheelbarrow walking or animal walks also help as well!

I love creating a sensory bottle with the child and also practicing breathing and yoga movements with the kids!

I am a parent, not an OT, but we are slowly adding to our supply items for my sensory kids. We recently added a porch swing, and I find my kids chilling out on it all the time.

I often incorporate heavy work and deep pressure. I also like incorporating the 4 B’s of Self Control as a transition between activities to reset and calm the body.

I like to use tactile play in a quiet space for calming an over aroused child. I also find using a scooter board in prone cam be helpful if done consistently.

My favourite sensory calming tool is theraputty and essential oils.

Sensory jars, drip timers

For my students for need both sensory and fine motor interventions, I have a motor routine when they enter my classroom. A few minutes on the trampoline, a few minutes on the swing (if appropriate), then pick 3 popsicles sticks with an action, complete for 1 minute each. Then they have to help me clean-up (usually just putting the trampoline back up against the wall, but it’s heavy work!), then sit at the table. In the OT room, my general rule is that my students do not need to sit in a chair, as long as they are participating in the activities. Once they ask for something, typically a ball to sit on, they have to be engage in the activity. Rarely do I have to ask a student to return to a chair.

I like to use heavy weight paired with something tactile or relaxing music… depending sensory preferences. Music is my personal ppreference.

Deep pressure by rolling a ball on child’s back arms and legs. I also use heavy work.

I like to do deep breathing exercise and yoga when possible with my littles.

I am fortunate to have a net and snuggle swing in my classroom. I also like to use calming music, low lights,visual input, deep breathing with pinwheel or bubbles and calming tactile bins

Hard to pick a favorite, but Many of my kids like the sandwich or rolling up in blanket in a cocoon while the butterfly develops and then quietly emerges as the beautiful and ready butterfly!

In the classroom setting, we have worked to set up quiet spaces where a child can go and ‘take a break’. Each classroom has different items depending on what the teachers are comfortable with but they often include something soft to sit on, low or no lights on, lighted items, hand fidgets, massagers or weighted items, and visually soothing items.

I like to put happy or calming music on like ABBA or something like that to calm my daughter down to work on writing letters and numbers. She does not like writing and when I put the music on she says it makes her more relaxed and it more enjoyable.

Depending on arousal, I often use my music, lighting, deep pressure/proprioceptive activities.

dim the lights, music and either heavy work, swinging, tactile, or visual activities

Deep pressure input or a swing!

I find that many kiddos who are hyperactive enjoy vibration as a calming tool (pillows, wiggle pen, etc)

I like to do a variety of things to provide calming sensory input: lights out or down low in my room with only emergency lights on, use lavender essential oil in diffuser, platform swing with linear movement, deep pressure activities with bean bags on mat.

Deep pressure, weighted blankets, dim lights, calming music.

I use deep pressure, calming rythmic motions, and lighting

Activities that supply deep pressure input and, if the client likes movement, linear input in a hammock swing is very calming.

I have had a lot of success with simple rocking chairs in a quiet corner that can be paired with reading a book or looking at a sensory bottle.

Jumping jacks, wall pushes, couch literal crashes, yoga positions, bubble blowing, weighted vest, top spinner, pushing heavy boxes around.

I love deep pressure using a therapy or myself, or linear movement on a platform swing.

I love using a therapy ball or myself, or linear movement on a platform swing.

I give them choices like a menu so they feel in control. Often times it’s physical (20 jumping jacks, 20 second plank hold, etc.) . Love all the other responses, I learned so much!

For myself and my kids I love diffusing essential oils, using a accupressure mat, weighted blanket or lighting candles. For my students I think that a darker room with soft music and soft lighting and weighted objects is very soothing.

I like to use the air walker or net swing with a Slow, rhythmic swinging pattern.

Linear swinging and heavy work!

Sensory play, blowing bubbles, swinging.

Low voice and active listening.

With pictures I offer a few choices such as pushing or pulling , swing or brushing/joint compression and compression garments or tunnel

Most students find it calming to manipulate theraputty, kinetic sand or rice.

I like to use calming sensory music with his head phones.. My kiddo loves space music.

A good squeeze or hug :). Singing a slow song or playing music at a certain beat. Linear swinging!

I like to use yoga poses that give deep input such as eagle pose or down dog.

I determine what each child needs most. I use heavy work (wall/ chair pushups, pushing a table across the room, wheelbarrow, etc.), breathing exercises, yoga and limited choices for anxious kiddos.

Joint compressions (deep pressure) and hand massage with fragrance-free lotion are very calming. Weighted blankets, vests and compression vests (can be weighted, too) Sensory bottles, chewing oral-motor chewies, and playing in various media, such as flax seed, cornmeal, water, in a sensory table are all calming, too.

This is an interesting idea with the black background. I like to use slow, linear swiging in a parachute swing for combined prioprioceptive and vestibular inputs

I tend to follow the child’s lead when taking sensory breaks but will introduce calming input like swinging or using a weighted blanket if their energy is high.

In addition to many wonderful comments above, I sometimes use SPIO vests to give body compression.

Deep pressure

I love linear pushes on a swing using a camping light and the room lights off and using a therapy ball and deep pressure to “make a pizza” with toppings.

I like to use deep breathing activities and deep pressure input.

For school-age students, I often recommend chair pushups, deep breathing, pushing open palms together at midline, use of chewy tubes, and drinking from straw cups.

Heavy work and decreased environmental stimuli (dim lighting, decrease verbal commands, remove distracting items)

Deep or light pressure, eliminate extra stimuli, deep breathing techniques

Calming music, dimming the lights and deep pressure with therapy ball or bean bags.

With distance learning in the Spring, I started using the app/website: Stop, Breathe, Think to help my students with self-regulation and calming at home. Go Noodle-Flow and Cosmic Kids Yoga-Peace Out also has some guided relaxation and heavy work videos that have been helpful.

Therapy ball massage, low lighting, and calming essential oils!

Heavy work activity seems to work best for my children for calming input.

I like to provide a weighted lap pad and keep my lights adjusted low. No “white/blue” lights if possible. I also like to use hand tools depending on the situation

Swinging helps my kiddos a lot. Ample break opportunities.

My favorite way to provide calming sensory input is either linear swinging or tactile input via play-dough, rice bin, bean bins, etc.!

In addition to linearly swinging, singing a song in a rhythmic monotone voice helps.

Addin.g weight that kids need to carry is something that all kids love to do. It makes them feel string, and kids love to be a helper

Deep pressure, such as roll up as a burrito in a blanket or roll a therapy ball over the child with gentle pressure

I have some theraputty that I bury several small toys in them twist it up. The goal is for him to dig around, pull and pinch the putty to find all the toys. He loves finding the surprises inside the “tornado” putty!

I use muscle relaxation strategies and encourage parents to create soothing bags of sensory items.

If swinging is tolerated well, I like to use head to toe linear swinging.

To calm a child down using sensory input I think heavy work is a great way to start! I just graduated and during my fieldwork I learned that drawing circles actually has a calming effect on those with ASD which I thought was so interesting!

I have a calming corner with fidgets, books about different feelings, a sensory canoe, but their favorite is the timers that look like lava lamps.

I don’t have many tools in my school room, but jumping on the trampoline does wonders for regulation!

I like to have kids stake some deep breaths and then do various animal walks.

I’ve had success with weighted blankets, swinging, trampoline, and pulling exercise bands looped around a doorknob.

Dimmed lights in the room and focus on breathing

I spy, what’s the difference worksheets, heavy work, deep pressure, rhythmic swinging, breathing techniques

Being thrown into teletherapy like most therapists this spring was a challenge. This blog was a lifesaver for ideas and information! Parent coaching and creating simple sensory break ideas using home materials was my go to for teletherapy! A creative challenge!

allowing time to swing in order to calm themselves.

Brushing, oils, swing, low lighting, calming music, deep pressure, vibration

Rhythmic swinging and deep pressure with a therapy ball.

Deep pressure, weighted blankets, water bottles, swing

Deep breathing!!! Can be done anywhere, at anytime! Such a useful calming technique to teach our kiddos in hopes that they will use this technique independently when needed.

I often incorporate breathing and imaging techniques when needed.

I always have calming/relaxation music playing in the background. And we’ll do deep pressure activities such as: compression roller, peapod, ball bath. If I need to, I’ll have them sit with their back against me on the floor to do an activity as I slowly provide some slow rhythmic rocking with my body.

I use heavy lifting.

Taking a break to swing or rock in a rocking chair are our favorite calming activities.

We have sensory bins that I have put together with several items we had around the house and some items I have purchased or made My kiddo will chose an item on his own often. He usually goes for smelly playdoh, playdoh slime, or kinetic sand. He has been known to seek out and McDonalds happy meal toy or 2, birthday party tiny kalidescopes, nose makers, bristle blocks, stretchy fidgets.

Love this option and the digital part of it most!

Lycra wraps and tunnels are magic!

we make sensory jars and bins soak in lavender epsom salts and do yoga

Heavy work!!! Especially if they are helping while doing it such as pushing a cart with books on it for the librarian. Kids love to help and it creates such a sense of pride while helping to organize their mind/body.

I like to incorporate the right amount of sensory stimulation for the calming sensory input. Its very much dependent on the child’s threshold and seeking behaviors, likes, etc.

At the beginning of each school year I have all my students make their own sensory calming bottles. This is a fun activity at the beginning of the school year. They get to put whatever they want inside of it. (The trick is to have a lot to choose from). They made it so they take ownership in it and love using it all school year.

Most of my students love to be squeezed between foam mats and become a taco!

I like to keep their hands and feet busy, so something like vacuuming or wiping down the tables. Chores to do around the classroom. Class jobs!

Singing nursery songs and providing firm hugs. I provide a safe, chewable toy at the same time. Telling a story or reading a book.

I begin many sessions with “warm ups”, especially dots and squeezies (S’cool Moves). I like to have a sheet of warm ups, and let them pick one, then I pick one. Whole body movements are included as a choice, though many are fine motor movements. It’s a nice calming way to begin a session and teach students sensory techniques.

My first input for a child is to do deep pressure through their shoulders while they are sitting in their chair. If this has an impact, I will move to weighted neck “snakes” or lap pads.

I like to use heavy work activities and tasks that are repetitive, such as watching visual glitter tubes, swinging rhythmically, or coloring.

Any kind of heavy work to the large joints while incorporating play.

ball/beanbag squishes and rolling under a therapy ball

Animal walks! fun and effective

According to me the most calming sensory input is rocking the child on the theraball in prone, tapping head, lycra swing, theraputty.

I like to use deep breathing, stretching, and movement breaks as calming strategies!

I like to use joint compressions/deep pressure as a calming technique! Also slow swinging motions on a swing works well.

heavy work and swing

Deep pressure!

Breathing techniques, low level tribal drumming and yoga animal walking poses.

I like heavy work and reducing lighting.

I love using a weighted blanket

I have sensory objects placed around my OT room and I take note of which kid navigates toward what item.

Mndfulness: breathing, love it!

Deep pressure activities, playing classical music, breathing techniques, dimming the lights and talking softly.

Sitting on, being sandwiched in between, and/or going under a bean bag chair help calm my students. The magic sequins / mermaid pillow also helps a lot.

Deep pressure / calming music.

I like linear swinging in a Lycra swing with calming music or singing.

I like to have my students do animal walks or a beam bag toss while rolling over a bolster.

My son can write, but he has trouble spacing his words and letters too far apart. Like sky writing almost. He starts of real big and as the sentence grows, he starts to write out of the margins and upward (sky writing). This is a struggle. We started cursive writing recently, too, in order to see if there is any real difference in his pattern or writing. His teachers have not started this, but we are working on it at home with paper.

Heavy work, linear swinging and gradual muscle relaxation.

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Increase Clients’ Self-Love: 26 Exercises & Worksheets

Increase Clients Self-Love

As Nestell Bovee said:

“Both our first and last love is self-love.”

Self-love is empathetic and understanding of flaws, and appreciative of the good within each of us.

Self-love is not only important, but necessary for positive emotional health and various facets of success.

This article will guide readers in nurturing and boosting self-love by providing more than 40 useful activities, worksheets, and resources. By taking advantage of this treasure trove of tools and information, individuals will find themselves on a pathway toward a more fulfilled and joyful life.

Before you continue, we thought you might like to download our three Self-Compassion Exercises for free . These detailed, science-based exercises will help you increase the compassion and kindness you show yourself and will give you tools to help your clients, students, or employees show more compassion to themselves.

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Our 5 favorite self-love exercises, 2 exercises for your group sessions, 4 helpful worksheets, daily self-love: 3 activities and sheets, self-love and self-compassion: 12 useful techniques, a look at radical self-love exercises, science of self-acceptance resources, a take-home message.

While you may want to practice greater self-love, the question of how to get there may feel a bit overwhelming – but it doesn’t have to be. There are many self-love tools available, and we’ve compiled a generous list of them right here.

To begin with, here are five of our favorite exercises:

1. The Self-Esteem Check-up

This worksheet provides readers with greater insight into how they feel about themselves. The exercise contains a list of 10 statements referring to various aspects of self-esteem , which are then rated on a 1–4 scale in terms of agreement.

This instrument is useful to see where a person falls in terms of key indicators of self-love – an essential quality for the enhancement of positive wellbeing.

2. My Love Letter to Myself

This exercise promotes self-love by having individuals write love letters to themselves that emphasize their most valued attributes. The first step is to identify the top eight qualities they love most about themselves.

The reader then lists eight ways in which these attributes have benefited them in life.

The final step is for readers to note several ways to honor the above qualities.

This exercise is a loving way for individuals to practice self-love and self-kindness that will benefit them throughout their lives.

3. Emotional Wellness Quiz

The Emotional Wellness Quiz helps individuals identify the degree to which they recognize, accept, and manage feelings. Readers respond to 16 feelings, indicating how often they have experienced each one over the past month.

Scores are created for positive feelings, negative feelings, and all feelings combined.

This quiz helps readers to recognize their emotional IQ , which is an essential step toward enhancing it.

4. Who Am I?

The Who Am I worksheet enables individuals to enhance self-awareness by responding to six open-ended questions followed by several debriefing prompts. Readers first examine the fundamental question: “ Who Am I? ” In doing so, they can examine their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors by responding to three questions, for example:

  • Other people frequently view us differently from the way we see ourselves. How do you think your closest friend or family member would describe you in one paragraph?

Three additional questions are included to identify external self-awareness, for example:

  • Now, try to forget others’ perspectives. If you were writing to your past self, what would you choose to include about who you are now?

Finally, readers debrief by considering several aspects of their responses, for example:

  • What stands out from your answers?
  • What steps can you take to keep building your self-awareness ?

This tool provides a simple way for individuals to practice introspection into both internal and external self-awareness, crucial for enhanced self-love.

5. Self-validation and Self-respect

The goal of this exercise is to help clients improve their self-confidence and self-esteem. The first step is to list three self-validating statements they have used in the past week.

The second step involves answering some questions that can help the client implement the process of validation on themselves.

A few questions include:

  • What was the situation?
  • What did you say?
  • What was the outcome?

This exercise can help the user become familiar with using self-validation as a positive method for improving self-confidence and self-esteem.

group self-love exercises

Such exercises, which may be utilized by counselors and teachers, are both fun and beneficial to everyone involved.

Here are two examples:

1. Things I Love

This worksheet involves having individuals share and discuss the things they love. Group members are instructed to work through a list of 10 categories and examples, which are provided in the worksheet.

By going through each category and sharing responses out loud, this exercise supports group cohesiveness and meaningful connections.

2. What I See in YOU

This group exercise is designed to enhance positive self-regard by providing each group member with insight into how others perceive them. This activity is based on the premise that individuals often hold negative self-appraisals that are inconsistent with how others seem them.

Group members are instructed to sit in a circle and, following a moment of reflection, say something positive about each person one at a time. After each compliment, the recipient is then asked to repeat the phrase with an “I” statement, for example:

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Here are four more helpful worksheets designed to promote self-love:

1. My Personal Beliefs

This worksheet helps individuals identify the beliefs and judgments they hold about themselves. The first step is to explore self-appraisals by responding to 10 open-ended questions.

The second step involves debriefing on those responses, which is aided by several prompts.

This exercise adds value by enabling people to first recognize their self-appraisals and then to replace them with those that are more self-loving.

2. I Will Survive

This worksheet helps readers appraise their coping skills and support systems used to deal with stress and adversity. Readers first identify a personal challenge they dealt with in the past. This involves writing freely about the event, as well as any feelings associated with it. They then consider how they survived the challenge and the personal resources they used to get through it.

For the second part of the worksheet, readers reflect on their external social support system. They first consider a meaningful goal or wish and write about it. Lastly, readers then consider a compliment they received that is related to the above goal or wish.

This instrument is a valuable way for people to recognize the strengths they have used in the past to overcome difficulties. In doing so, they will be in a better position to draw upon such strengths when encountering future challenges.

3. Exploring Character Strengths

The goal of this exercise is to help people recognize personal character strengths, which are described in terms of six virtue categories.

After reflecting on how they effectively dealt with past experiences, readers answer 10 open-ended questions designed to reveal character strengths .

Peterson and Seligman (2004, p. 4) noted that “ character strengths are the bedrock of the human condition and that strength-congruent activity represents an important route to the psychological good life. ”

This exercise provides an easy way for individuals to identify and nurture these powerful qualities.

4. Setting Valued Goals

This worksheet supports individuals in identifying personal values and creating goals toward achieving them. Readers first respond to open-ended questions assessing core personal values.

Next, from a list of 10 value domains, readers identify the top three they feel are important.

Readers then provide examples of how each of the values functions in daily life, as well as goals for achieving each of them. This worksheet offers a straightforward and meaningful way for people to reflect upon the values they hold dear and to create actionable ways to bring them to life.

Daily self-love activities

By adding them to your daily routine, you will find that self-love comes naturally and is ultimately internalized.

Here are four ways to make self-love a daily habit:

1. Self-Love Journal

This worksheet guides individuals in engaging in daily journaling that promotes self-love and self-compassion, as well as healthy emotional self-expression . Readers are directed on how to journal and are provided with 10 prompts, for example:

  • List three things – or people – that you’re grateful for today.
  • What is one personality trait that you feel proud of?

Self-love journaling is a terrific way for individuals to remind themselves of their unique and wonderful attributes, which often go unnoticed as people go about their lives.

2. Self-Compassion Pause

This simple meditation provides an excellent way for individuals to uncover a more self-compassionate way of relating to themselves. Readers are instructed to follow 15 steps that can be spread out across numerous sessions. A few examples of statements that they can repeat include the following:

  • May I be filled with love and kindness.
  • May I be happy and at ease.
  • May I be safe.”

Several guided meditation instructions are also provided, for example:

  • Bring awareness to your breath for a few moments, paying attention to each inhalation You may place one hand on top of your chest and feel the warm sensation this may bring.

By regularly practicing this meditation, individuals are more likely to experience self-compassion during difficult times.

3. Catch Yourself Being GREAT

This fun worksheet uses positive reinforcement to boost positive self-regard. Readers are first asked to design a reward jar, using pens, stickers, or other art supplies. In doing so, a simple jar is transformed into a lovely object in which important messages will be stored.

The second step is to print the “ Monthly Good Deeds ” calendar and fill it in for the corresponding month. Then, each time they do a good deed for themselves or someone else, individuals add a gold star for that particular day. Examples of good deeds are also provided.

For the next step, each time a good deed is added to the calendar, a specified amount of money is inserted into the jar. By the end of the month, the money is used toward a special reward.

This exercise is guided by classic behavioral research by B. F. Skinner (1948), who demonstrated that desirable responses are increased when associated with meaningful rewards.

Subsequent studies have found an abundance of evidence supporting the power of positive reinforcement in increasing prosocial behaviors in both children (e.g., Lucyshyn, Dunlap, & Albin, 2002; Ramaswamy & Bergin, 2009) and adults (e.g., Martin, 2005; Robison, 2006).

How to practice self love – Psych2Go

There are many ways to bring more self-love and self-compassion into your life. Many of these practices are easy and even free, with invaluable benefits.

Here are 12 ideas:

  • Avoid labeling yourself : We often go through life with self-defeating labels that we may have connected with ourselves long ago (e.g., I’m not lovable, I am unsociable, etc.). Think about any labels you may be carrying and work toward substituting them with positive ones.
  • Don’t deprive yourself : If you are trying to diet or do something else difficult, be careful not to cut out too much pleasure from your life. This often leads to feelings of self-deprivation, which may sabotage your goal.
  • Listen to your gut/establish boundaries : If something doesn’t feel right deep in your gut, LISTEN!!
  • Make your needs clear : Few of us are mind readers. If someone in your life is letting you down, make sure they are fully aware of what you need.
  • Nurture yourself : This may be done a thousand ways. Think of what brings you peace and do more of it.
  • Prioritize your health and happiness : It is often the case that people are so busy caring for others that they place their own needs on the back burner. Don’t do this. You are of no value to anyone else if you are sick or miserable.
  • Remind yourself of your positive qualities each day : By using positive affirmations , you will feel better about yourself and your ability to take on the day.
  • Make peace with your past : By letting go of old hurts, you aren’t letting those who caused you pain off the hook. Instead, you are allowing yourself to move forward in a way that enables you to embrace the present.
  • Reward yourself : This is psych 101, as we are all guided by positive reinforcement. If you want to do more of something, reward yourself. The reward doesn’t need to be significant, just meaningful.
  • Don’t sabotage your health and happiness : Watch for destructive thoughts or behaviors that you may use unconsciously (e.g., causing chaos in a relationship out of fear of abandonment ).
  • Watch out for black-and-white thinking : Do not fall into the black-and-white trap. For example, if you’re trying to eat better and have a piece of cake, that’s okay. You are not a failure. Enjoy your cake, and continue to nurture yourself with healthier food next time.
  • Take care of your body through healthy eating : Remember that everything you put in your body is either fighting disease or feeding it. Do the necessary meal planning to ensure that you have plenty of healthy food on hand that will nurture your body and soul.

radical self-love

Taylor (2018, p. 6) described it as “ deeper, wider, and more expansive than anything we would call self-confidence or self-esteem… Including the word ‘radical’ offers us a self-love that is the root or origin of our relationship to ourselves. ”

Here are four ways to enhance radical self-love:

1. Self-Love Sentence Stems

This exercise may be used as a way to either inspire self-love journaling or as a standalone practice for those who prefer not to journal. Instructions are simple; the reader simply fills in the blank in a series of 20 statements.

By responding to these statements, individuals are better able to nurture and practice greater self-love, self-kindness, and self-compassion.

2. Spotting Self-Love

This worksheet helps readers to recognize self-deprecating beliefs and then to replace them with self-kindness. Readers are instructed to read two vignettes, followed by two differing responses.

Each of the responses is then rated on a scale. Once they assess the responses, readers note their preferred responses and rates, and then write down the steps they might take to respond more consistently with their favorite answer in the future.

The vignettes provide readers with challenging situations.

For the final step in the exercise, the readers consider their reactions to the vignettes by responding to several questions.

By including vignettes, this worksheet provides readers with realistic, relatable examples of ways to enhance self-love.

3. Stacking the Deck – Radical Self-love Cards to Brighten Each Day

With this fun exercise , individuals create self-affirmation cards as a way to inspire, motivate, and enhance self-love. Readers are instructed to collect a stack of blank cards, art supplies (e.g., pens, stickers, photos, cut-outs, etc.), and positive affirmations, for example:

  • “ You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” (Buddha)
  • “You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” (Brené Brown)

Readers then decorate each card using a positive affirmation on each, along with artwork. The beauty of this exercise is that it results in creative and unique positive affirmation cards that individuals may take with them to promote self-love wherever they go.

Helpful resources to improves self-acceptance.

The Science of Self-Acceptance Masterclass©

To support clients in enhancing self-acceptance, PositivePsychology.com offers the Science of Self-Acceptance Masterclass© . This innovative program provides practitioners with a research-based approach that will help clients divert their unhealthy attempts to increase self-esteem (an often unachievable goal) toward the much more useful construct of self-acceptance.

Taught by a highly experienced psychologist and researcher, Dr. Hugo Alberts, this course promotes healthy relationships with the self by acknowledging that low self-acceptance is the basis for many psychological and emotional issues. Dr. Alberts notes that despite high self-esteem , achieving a meaningful and contented life is an unrealistic objective in the absence of self-acceptance.

The masterclass contains eight modules of live recordings; a comprehensive science-based handbook; and numerous audio files, worksheets, exercises, illustrations, PowerPoint slides, and other useful resources. Overall, by guiding individuals in how to change approval-seeking narratives, the masterclass promotes a deep and long-lasting sense of worthiness.

Along with the masterclass, several self-awareness books substantiate the importance of self-love.

Here are five examples:

1. The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook

The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook

This science-based workbook provides readers with numerous resources and activities aimed at enhancing greater self-kindness and self-compassion.

It contains an eight-week mindful self-compassion program, which includes guided meditations and practical exercises, and various vignettes focused on common issues.

The goal of the book is to provide readers with valuable tools aimed at promoting self-compassion and the numerous positive outcomes associated with it.

Available from Amazon .

2. The Strength of Self-Acceptance

The Strength of Self-Acceptance

This book acknowledges the link between self-acceptance and positive mental health outcomes. It includes a comprehensive collection of research supporting the benefits of self-acceptance.

Insight from numerous leaders in the area of self-acceptance is included (e.g., Maslow, Rogers, Ellis, etc.), as well as knowledge drawn from Buddhist philosophy and Christian scripture.

The book provides a valuable research-based tool for practitioners intending to enhance positive fulfillment and self-acceptance in their clients.

3. The Happiness Trap

The Happiness Trap: Stop Struggling, Start Living

This book describes the research-grounded psychotherapeutic approach of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy  (ACT).

Rather than trying to change oneself, the technique outlined in the book guides readers in how to develop mindfulness that will allow them to live in the moment. In doing so, ACT helps individuals to minimize self-doubt and stress, thereby enhancing life satisfaction and meaning.

4. How to Be an Imperfectionist

How to Be an Imperfectionist

This book contains simple science-backed techniques and is based on the premise that continuously striving to be perfect is a damaging mindset fueled by self-doubt and the need for approval.

The author describes the freedom that comes with being an imperfectionist. In doing so, individuals can remove the limits of perfectionism, enabling them to achieve positive wellbeing by accepting their flaws and mistakes.

5. The Self-Acceptance Project

The Self-Acceptance Project

This book contains a powerful collection of essays aimed at helping readers avoid the endless self-judgment and lack of satisfaction associated with low self-acceptance.

Numerous experts and spiritual guides contributed to the book, providing insights into such areas as removing the trance of unworthiness (Tara Brach), reconnecting with a sense of aliveness (Mark Nepo), moving from self-criticism to self-compassion (Dr. Kelly McGonigal), and practicing compassion for the self-critic (Dr. Kristin Neff).

With its 19 essays, the book provides readers with the inspiration and practices needed to establish meaningful, loving, and compassionate relationships with themselves.

Rockwell (2019) speaks of the necessity of creating a radical self-love movement with the power of mindfulness and love as the healing balm .

Unfortunately, without this healing balm, many of us grapple with feelings of low self-worth, guilt, and inadequacy that do nothing but enhance misery. Yet, we can turn these thoughts around in a way that is both kind and loving to the self. Doing so is worth the effort, as the benefits of practicing self-love are well supported by scientific literature.

This article has provided numerous worksheets, activities, resources, and ideas to get you started on your journey to greater self-love. Remember, not only is there is no selfishness in self-love, but as the Dalai Lama said:

we can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.

We hope you enjoyed reading this article. Don’t forget to download our three Self-Compassion Exercises for free .

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  1. Letter to My Past Self: Reflection Exercise

    3. Pennebaker, J. W. (2013). Writing to heal: A guided journal for recovering from trauma & emotional upheaval. Center for Journal Therapy, Inc. Letter-writing is a powerful way to process emotions and promote healing. The Letter to My Past Self worksheet invites clients to write a letter to a...

  2. Letter to My Past Self

    Example 1 Dear Past Self, You were just 13 when you got caught up with the wrong group at school and started bullying others. Even after 20 years, I can still remember how scared and helpless the kids you bullied looked! Man, the guilt and shame I have over that still hurts so much!!

  3. Self-Expressive Writing Worksheets: A Collection of PDFs

    A Collection of Self-Expressive Writing Worksheets Further Writing Resources A Take-Home Message References Benefits of Writing The positive effects of self-expressive writing are: A significant healing effect in individuals who have experienced a traumatic or extremely stressful event.

  4. 19 Best Narrative Therapy Techniques & Worksheets [+PDF]

    White and Epston grounded this new therapeutic model in three main ideas. 1. Narrative therapy is respectful. This therapy respects the agency and dignity of every client. It requires each client to be treated as an individual who is not deficient, not defective, or not "enough" in any way.

  5. Therapy Worksheets, Tools, and Handouts

    The Therapist Aid library has been updated with four new worksheets that cover relationships, money, and more. More Worksheets Worksheet Money Beliefs & Behaviors Assessment Relationship-building exercise Love Languages Assessment

  6. 75+ Free Mental Health Worksheets & Handouts

    75+ free mental health worksheets, handouts, and forms for mental health professionals or self-help. (Updated 2/13/24) This is a list of nearly 100 mental health worksheets, handouts, forms, and more for substance use, mental health, and wellness. Please repost and share with anyone who might benefit!

  7. PDF Letter to Younger Self

    8. You can keep this letter and your learnings to yourself. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can share the experience and what you have learned with a friend or a safe, trusted adult. 9. Go back and read this letter to yourself if you're ever feeling down. It might help remind you how strong and resilient you are!

  8. 13 Self Reflection Worksheets & Templates to Use in Therapy

    13 Self Reflection Worksheets & Templates to Use in Therapy 1 May 2021 by Jeremy Sutton, Ph.D. Scientifically reviewed by Tiffany Sauber Millacci, Ph.D. The art of reflection is an essential element of learning, both inside and outside therapy.

  9. Therapy worksheets

    Therapy worksheets can be a useful tool for therapists looking to help their clients process and work through various emotions. These resources offer a structured way for clients to identify and articulate their feelings, which can be particularly helpful for those who struggle with communication or self-awareness.

  10. Letter Formation Worksheets

    Today we are going to highlight letter formation worksheets found here on the OT Toolbox. why are letter formation worksheets important? We covered previously the considerations to keep in mind when using tracing sheets, and there may be a time and a place for those types of letter formation writing sheets.

  11. Schema Therapy Letter Worksheet (Editable Fillable Printable PDF

    Our Schema Therapy Letter Worksheet PDF can be downloaded and used with all your clients, giving them the ability to fill it out on a digital device or print it out. This template is part of the Schema Therapy Worksheets Bundle Add to cart Want to see how our worksheets work? Download our FREE SOAP Note Template Download Now

  12. Goodbye Letter Worksheet

    Download Free Worksheet. Grief is a reaction to any form of loss and is not limited to feelings of sadness. It can also involve guilt, anger, and regret. A goodbye letter is normally used to aid in the grieving process mostly by helping children and adolescents process their loss.

  13. Goodbye Letter

    This worksheet will be helpful with children and adolescents who have difficulty talking openly about their loss. Download Worksheet Help children and adolescents process their grief using the Goodbye Letter writing exercise. Your client will be asked to describe who they are grieving,...

  14. 17 Therapy Worksheets for Teens, Adults, and Couples (+PDFs)

    17 Therapy Worksheets for Teens, Adults, and Couples (+PDFs) 26 Jun 2017 by Courtney E. Ackerman, MA. Scientifically reviewed by Jo Nash, Ph.D. Here at PositivePsychology.com, we've talked a lot about the different kinds of therapy that can help people struggling with a wide range of issues in life.

  15. Letter Formation Activities and Tools That Work

    Kids that are handed letter formation worksheets without prompts, cues, models, and correct formation practice, will many times, trace or copy letters using segmented lines that start at incorrect places, and that can be a hard habit to break. ... Use the slides as an outline for occupational therapy interventions in therapy sessions, while ...

  16. Therapy Worksheets

    Therapy worksheets related to all subjects New Your Wisest Self life-reflection exercise It's easy to lose sight of what really matters in life when caught up in daily routines and preoccupations. Reflecting on one's mortality brings goals and values back into focus.

  17. Letter Formation Handout

    Use this informative handout in addition to our letter formation worksheets and hands-on activities to target legible writing. You'll also find many resources and writing strategies related to writing letters accurately and legibly on our letter formation resource page. Letter Formation Handout

  18. 20 Useful Counseling Forms & Templates for Your Practice

    The Employee Counseling Assessment Form can be helpful for understanding and discussing an issue or event that has arisen at work that has led to an employee being referred for counseling. It continues on from the original employee intake form, asking: Reason for referral. Details of the incident and witnesses.

  19. Letter Sizing Activity

    >> Re-teach letter size of the upper case letters. Allow the child to notice where each letter starts. Then work on tall letters which start at the same point on the writing area. Next, teach the letters that are located in the bottom half of the writing space (the small letters). Finally, re-teach the tail letters which hang below the baseline.

  20. Letter Reversals Game, Worksheets and Task Cards

    Letter Reversal Worksheets: Tackle common letter reversals with dedicated worksheets, allowing focused practice for improved letter recognition and formation. Visual Perceptual Task Cards: Engage students with task cards designed to enhance visual perceptual skills bylooking for the one letter on the card that is reversed. Interactive Game: Take learning to the next level with an interactive ...

  21. Schema Therapy in Practice: 12 Worksheets & Techniques

    6 Schema Therapy Worksheets and Workbooks A Look at Using Flashcards 3 Exercises for Your Sessions Interesting Podcasts Further Reading: PositivePsychology.com's Resources A Take-Home Message References 7 Effective Techniques

  22. Gratitude Letter

    Nice thinking! An educational intervention that teaches children to think gratefully. School Psychology Review, 43 (2), 132. Writing a "thank you" letter is an excellent way for young children to practice gratitude. A 2014 study found that writing a gratitude letter contributed...

  23. Increase Clients' Self-Love: 26 Exercises & Worksheets

    By including vignettes, this worksheet provides readers with realistic, relatable examples of ways to enhance self-love. 3. Stacking the Deck - Radical Self-love Cards to Brighten Each Day. With this fun exercise, individuals create self-affirmation cards as a way to inspire, motivate, and enhance self-love.